Director of Volunteers
Director of Volunteers Karen Clowers is a people person. She loves working with her “family” of over 600 volunteers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Volunteers were instrumental in the formation of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and volunteers continue to play a major role in the Garden today. From weeding, planting, and pruning, to welcoming guests, helping out in the butterfly exhibit, and giving tours of our Garden, volunteers are the lifeblood of the Garden and Karen is their fearless leader, liaison and cheerleader. Without volunteers, the Garden could not offer the community all of the knowledge and beauty that the Garden represents. Through Karen, volunteers are able to integrate the Garden’s core values of responsibility, inspiration, hospitality, integrity and innovation.
Karen has worked at the Garden since 2007, starting as Horticulture Coordinator, then moving to Horticulture Manager and was promoted to Manager of Volunteers in 2014. Before working at the Garden, she worked for a UK-based manufacturing company, Sandiacre Packaging for 17 years.
Karen has a grown daughter, Jessica, and one grand-dog, Harley. She resides in Lakeside with her two dogs Jake (great Dane/mastiff) and Duke (pitbull/boxer). In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, floating in her pool, riding her motorcycle, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends at her house on the Mattaponi River.
Learn more about Volunteering at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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